"As H1N1 continues to spread it is critical that all people around the world have access to an effective H1N1 vaccine during the pandemic. Since the start of the H1N1 pandemic GSK has been diligently working to achieve this and the WHO prequalification is a key step in ensuring that developing countries can be supplied with Arepanrix." said Jean StÃ©phenne, President of GSK Biologicals. "The WHO has indicated that developing countries may be hardest hit by the H1N1 pandemic. It is clearly our collective responsibility to ensure that we do everything possible to provide vaccine supplies to these countries."
Earlier, in November, GSK announced that it has signed an agreement with the WHO to donate 50 million doses of its adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine to the WHO for the distribution to developing countries most in need.
GSK is committed to ensuring that developing countries have access to vaccines. Today's announcement continues GSK's track record of seeking WHO prequalification for its life-saving vaccines. GSK was also awarded prequalification foritsvaccine against pneumococcal disease in November of 2009, its cervical cancer vaccine in July 2009 and received an extended prequalification for a vaccine against rotavirus in June 2009. Together, all four prequalifications will provide access to vaccines for major global health priorities and potentially save millions of lives over the coming years.
Further information on GSK's development of a vaccine to protect against pandemic 2009, including explanation of the vaccine development process and background information on adjuvants is available on: www.gsk.com/media/pandemic-flu.htm
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